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The Leadership and Good Governance Training Program for Local Officials


Spring 2016 (Dates To Be Determined)


The program is offered at the University of Maryland campus just outside Washington, DC.


The program is designed for provincial, regional, district, and other local leaders and managers from around the globe.  Up to 30 officials may be selected to participate in each program.

Program Summary

The Leadership and Good Governance Training Program is a two-week program. The program is formatted around two primary areas -- Good Governance including new and integrated models of governance focused on strategic leadership, coalition building, financial management, budget implementation, and public-private partnerships, AND Sustainable Development including such items as environmental policy, climate change, urbanization, housing policy, and city planning.

Learning Objectives

  • Increase participants’ international exposure by providing the opportunity to interact with American authorities and experts on the challenges they face;
  • Familiarize participants with different institutional contexts by sharing experiences and lessons learned with American public managers at different levels of government;
  • Increase officials’ understanding of local and state/regional government --how it functions, and how it  can better function within the context of participants’ countries;
  • Provide an informational base for more informed policy making regarding urbanization and issues of sustainable development; and
  • Promote high ethical standards in public service among local and regional government leaders.


Program Elements

The program will bring together practitioners, scholars and experts in the Washington, DC and Maryland area to share their knowledge and experience in a classroom setting.  The program will also include site visits to the nation’s capital; to the state capital in Annapolis, Maryland; and to local government agencies, nonprofits and companies.


Activities include seminars, lectures, case study discussions, and site visits.  The program is split approximately evenly between classroom instruction and site visits. A typical day might start with one or two classroom sessions, such as a review of a case study and/or a panel discussion, on the College Park campus, followed by a site visit to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. or a state or county agency in Maryland.


Academic Director

Dr. Tom Hilde, Senior Lecturer in the University of Maryland School of Public Policy.  


Illustrative Faculty


  • Kenneth S. Apfel, former Cabinet-level officer in the Administration of President Clinton as Commissioner of the Social Security Administration. He has also served as Associate Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
  • Dr. James Cohen, Senior Lecturer and Director of the UMD Urban Studies and Planning Program, specializes in land use planning, growth management, planning history and theory.
  • Dr. Chengri Ding, professor of urban studies and planning; consultant to the World Bank, Global Business Network, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and many leading agencies; and founding director for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s China Program.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Duke, Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Policy. Dr. Duke was the Administrator of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) a $7 billion agency providing health care for the underserved.
  •  Anthony McCann, former Clerk and Staff Director of a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, and staff of the Senate Budget Committee. Former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


Citation of Program Completion

An individual Citation of Program Completion will be issued by the School and provided to the participants after the successful completion of the course of study.



The program cost of $6,000 covers tuition, instructional materials, site visit transportation and snacks/meals during the program day. The cost does not include housing or evening meals.  This program offers the option of an additional weeklong, in-country training if there are sufficient numbers of officials from a given country.



Please contact Tom Kennedy at 301.405.6752 or tkennedy@umd.edu for more information.